European leadership in core digital technologies
Core digital technologies are the basis of our economy’s and society’s deep digital transformation. EIT Digital invents our digital future with novel communication, computing and cybersecurity technologies, especially software. These technologies are not only a necessity to serve vertical segments: they are also driving a massive number of students, addressing the shortage of specialists in digital, and offering major innovations and opportunities for GDP growth. Europe needs to stay in the lead in the areas where it is currently strong (networking, 5G, IoT), play a leadership role in digital’s next platform revolution (artificial intelligence) and establish broad trust in digital (cybersecurity, privacy).
EDUCATION AND SKILL NEEDS
Education and skill needs in the area of Digital Tech are covered by several of EIT Digital Master School programmes including trending topics such as Cloud Computing. The EIT Digital blended education provides online courses combining flexibility and areas of interest like Web Connectivity and Security. PhD theses are selected to solve actual industrial challenges like Architectural, planning, integration and methods for 5G. Also, the Summer School includes programmes aligned with Digital Tech, like the summer campus on Big Data and Internet of Things.
In line with the innovation needs, the Digital Tech area will focus on secure, robust, responsive and intelligent communications and computation.
More specifically, the focus areas are: (i) in networking: the mobile broadband infrastructure (5G), network ‘softwarisation’ and the Internet of Things; (ii) in computing: cloud computing, big data, and artificial intelligence; (iii) in security: cybersecurity, privacy and trust. Especially important are convergent solutions integrating all of the above components.
EIT Digital mostly focuses on software. Software is by design flexible - it has an innate ability to evolve, adapt and update. It is also at the heart of the digital revolution.
In this area, EIT Digital closely monitors the development of quantum computing, photonics and optical computing to determine when they become mature enough for market adoption.
In the coming years, EIT Digital will put an emphasis on Digital Tech, the area that covers core digital technologies. This horizontal area is EIT Digital’s core expertise and it is where “deep tech” is rooted.